Ladies Suffer Second Straight Last Second Loss
Tuesday, December 7, 2004


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SHREVEPORT – For the second game in a row, the Centenary women’s basketball team played down to the wire, falling short in the waning seconds of the game.  The Ladies gave up as much as a 10-point second half lead to visiting Arkansas-Little Rock, losing 52-48.

 

            Sophomore Jelena Aleksic led Centenary with 14 points and was joined in double figures by Holli Wilkins with 10.  Laura Kizyte, the team’s leading scorer this season, was held to seven points and played only 19 minutes because of foul trouble.

 

            Van’esha Brabson played solidly after missing the last two games with an injury, tallying seven points and grabbing eight boards.  Junior Whitney Rushing, one of only two Centenary players to start all seven games this season, added a team-high 11 rebounds with six points.

 

            The game was a tale of two halves, as the Ladies dominated UALR defensively, kept turnovers to a minimum, and fell into a groove shooting in the first stanza.   Centenary’s lack of depth haunted them in the second half, as they were limited in options for the foul-laden Wilkins and Kizyte. 

 

             Centenary kept a steady lead throughout the majority of the first half, leading by as many as 13 with six and a half minutes left in the period.  UALR pushed back behind All-Sun-Belt Conference senior Alicia Cash as she led all scorers with 21 points and 13 boards on the day.  The Ladies kept the rest of the Trojans at bay, holding them to 25 percent shooting from the floor and a 26-17 halftime deficit.

 

            The Trojans came out strong in the second half, trimming the lead to three after the first five minutes.  UALR took the lead behind a 17-6 run, capitalizing on poor fouls and bad turnovers by Centenary. 

 

            The Ladies kept strong for the rest of the half, trading baskets and leads with the Trojans, never trailing by more than three.  Down by two with just over a minute left on the clock, freshman Laura Way forced a timely turnover, but Centenary was unable to capitalize.

 

UALR had the chance to make it a two-possession game with Cash on the line.  With the first missing off the front of the rim and sinking the second shot, the Ladies took advantage of the miscue as Rushing nailed both of her attempts from the ensuing foul.

 

Another trip to the line for UALR netted another point, but the Trojans were called for a lane violation with 21 ticks on the clock, leaving the door open for a Ladies victory.  Kizyte’s three-pointer with six seconds remaining was off the mark, sealing the win for the visiting Trojans.